Thai Food For Your Favorite Farang

Thai Food For Your Favorite Farang

This guide will help you order food which will please everyone.

Taking some foreign guests out to dinner? Not sure if they can handle the traditional dishes or the really spicy stuff? We surveyed our foreign teachers and here are their top ten dishes. Let us know if these are also your favorites or if you have something to add!

Massaman beef curry

แกงมัสมั่นเนื้อ – “gaeng mát-sà-màn néua”

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This heavy, creamy, and mild curry is very familiar for most visitors to Thailand. It is similar to Indian curries that they might be used to. It is not too hot and has big chunks of beef and potato. The peanuts add depth of flavour and the cinnamon and star anise give it a floral hint which excites the taste buds. This curry is a great choice for people who might not have much experience with Asian food and want something which they can easily recognize and won’t be afraid of.

BBQ pork skewers

หมูปิ้ง – “mŏo bpîng”

Nothing surprising about this. What could be more delicious than sweet, barbecued pork on a stick? These classic street food snacks are the perfect starter to please your Thai friends and your foreign guests. They can be found anywhere, but be careful where you get them from. Some street food might be left out in the sun for a long time and could upset sensitive stomachs. Try a food court like the one in Terminal 21 for the street food experience in a comfortable setting.

Chicken in coconut soup

ต้มข่าไก่ – “dtôm-kàa gài”

Tom yum goong and tom kaa gai and are the king and queen of soup in Thailand. Although tom yum goong is a favourite of many, we nominate tom kaa gai here as the people pleaser. It will delight everyone. It is mild, sweet, totally unique, and has a wonderful tang from lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Without any spicy chilli, you can really taste those subtle yet magical traditional Thai flavours and delicate slices of poached chicken breast.

Stir-fried rice noodles

ผัดซีอิ๊ว – “pàt-see-íw”

Everyone knows about pad thai. Everyone has had pad thai. Let’s give some attention to a different noodle for a change. Pad see ew is a thick, stretchy rice noodle with scrambled egg, Chinese kale, pork, and a thick, sweet soy sauce. The dish is simple but delicious and savoury. It goes perfectly with other dishes or on its own as a meal.

Creamy curry chicken noodle soup

ข้าวซอยไก่ – “kâao soi”

This classic Burmese dish is a staple in northern Thailand. It is a sweet, mild, coconut milk curry with hand-cut egg noodles both boiled in the soup and deep fried crispy on top. The chicken version often comes with a whole chicken drumstick in the stew. It is hearty, filling, and satisfyingly delicious.

Stir fried minced pork and basil with a fried egg

ผัดกะเพราหมูสับไข่ดาว – “pàt gà prao mŏo sàp kài daao”

For Thai and Farang alike, this dish is perfection. The best choice for a quick, easy lunch. The sauce is perfectly balanced. A mix of soy, fish sauce, garlic, chilis, oyster sauce, oil, and a touch of sugar. It should come with just enough sauce to lightly coat your rice with flavour and always, ALWAYS remember to order it with a crispy fried egg on top.

Green papaya salad

ส้มตำ – “sôm dtam”

There is no way we could write this list and forget som tum. There are endless varieties of this magical dish, some are even made with green mango instead of papaya. Some include really stinky fermented fish, and some are so spicy you will be recovering for hours. Keep it simple for your farang friends. Go with the basic som tum with just 1 chili pepper.

Crispy sweet pancakes

ขนมเบื้อง – “kà-nŏm bêuang”

Even those with a lot of experience with Thai food can be surprised by these little gems. Crunchy, thin, tiny mung bean flour crepes are cooked on a hotplate then a blog of sweet egg white meringue is plopped on top and covered with caramelized shredded coconut. Get the sweet types because green onion on a dessert can be a bit weird for some farang.

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